Author: A.L. Brooks
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/20/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Erotica, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance
Welcome to The Club—leave your inhibitions and your everyday cares at the door and indulge yourself in an evening of anonymous, no-strings, woman-on-woman action.
For many of the women who visit The Club this is exactly what they are looking for and what they get. For others the emotions run high, and one night of sex can change their lives in ways they couldn’t have imagined. For Lou, her weekly visits to The Club enable her to set aside her shyness and loneliness and feel intimacy, however briefly. For Kath, caring for her mother at home, The Club is a welcome relief from her everyday toil; while Max needs distraction from her troubled relationship, even as she tries to tell herself she isn’t really cheating. Tania and Jacky find an outlet for a tricky block in their sex life. Cassie and Nina, bar staff at The Club, find themselves staying on after hours. And finally, Stephanie, struggling with her sexuality, finds her life changing in so many ways once she plucks up courage to enter.
The lives of these women intersect in ways they don’t realize, and watching over them all is Mandy— the owner, whose own ghosts play a pivotal role in the existence of The Club.
This tale is a giving me a really hard time trying to describe it so please hang in there with me. In this story we are given a glimpse into several character’s lives as they intertwine in a sex club. Easy enough right, just a lot of erotic and anonymous sex… well, yes but no.
There was a LOT of insanely hot, tingling and yummy sex right away but I felt like there was not too much in the way of a story However, I do know that Ylva Publishing only puts out quality work so I stuck with it. Am I ever glad I did. I was wrong, Ms Brooks was just laying down the foundation for what was to come… er um… moving on (blush)
The Club is owned by Mandy. The book takes us back in time as we learn who she is and why she opened this type of place. It is also set in the present as we meet a few of the women who visit this den of desire.
The characters in this tale are complex and compelling. Each woman has her own reason for going to the club, whether it be for mindless sex, exploring sexuality, to forget, to find… they all have a voice in this novel. There are such layers and circles… the story is sheer beauty in its dance as the women connected and parted…It was so easy to get involved in the drama. I found myself really invested in the characters, seeing their motivation, feeling their emotions, I’m at a loss for words, it is so well written and so gosh darn good! The ending was fantastic, I loved how it came full circle, leaving so many open possibilities for Mandy.
I am blown away that this is a debut novel and can not wait to see what the future holds for this promising author.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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